Our Hispanic Ministry

Norma Encarnacion is the lay pastor for the Hispanic Ministry of Riverview First United Methodist Church. The Hispanic congregation worships in our sanctuary every Sunday beginning at noon, and it meets in an Hispanic Bible study every Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:00 PM as part of RUMC’s “Wonderful Wednesday” activities.

As a community service, the Hispanic Ministry offers non-English speakers a free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ESOL classes assemble in rooms 4 and 8, and are available for all non-English speakers on an open enrollment basis.

The Hispanic Ministry also offers GED classes to those interested in obtaining their high school diploma. This class is open to all interested Riverview residents—not just to Hispanics. GED classes will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening as well.

The Hispanic congregation also sponsors a church prayer time every Tuesday morning from 10 AM to Noon in the sanctuary—this weekly prayer time is open to everyone in need of prayer.

Finally, the Hispanic Ministry is also extensively involved with our Metropolitan Ministries Saturday feeding partnership and RESTORE’s food pantry and thrift shop. It is with great gratitude that the Hispanic ministry serves the Lord and our community.
Online Giving at RUMC

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To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 9
RESTORE Reopens.  Food Pantry and Thrift Store, 10 AM

Wednesday, January 10
Wonderful Wednesday activities resume.

Tuesday, January 16
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM

Sunday, January 21 – 
Tuesday, January 23
Florida Advocacy Days.  Trinity UMC, Tallahassee, FL.

Saturday, January 27
RESTORE/UMM Yard Sale.  Church Grounds, 8:00 AM--Noon
Special Thank You’s
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rev. Guy Weatherly for providing an inspirational sermon on Sunday, January 7th and for leading us through Holy Communion. Thanks, too, to Debbie Stephens for providing the elements and the volunteers to make communion possible.

RESTORE has reopened under new management in 2018. Carmen Santiago is leading our team of volunteers this year. Although we are currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our shrinking volunteer base and the coverage of other food banks in the Riverview area may mean that we will go to a once-a-week operation. We can always use additional volunteers to distribute food, to pick up surplus food at local grocery stores, and to manage the RESTORE Thrift Store. If you are interested in volunteering at RESTORE, contact Carmen at (813)992-6340. We look forward expectantly to serving our community well into our second decade.

RESTORE will be partnering with our United Methodist Men to reduce a pent-up inventory of clothing, toys, books, and appliances at a combined yard sale to be held on Saturday, January 27th. We will be open on the front lawn of the church. Stop by and see if there are any hidden treasures to be had.

A Great New Year’s Resolution
In 2018, we should resolve that it’s a great time to let our RUMC shut-ins know that they are still in our thoughts and prayers. Here is the latest list of shut-ins from the church office.

  • Verlin O’Neal at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail Apt #211, Spring Hill, FL 34608 1-352-610-9201 
  • Johnny Jones, 13220 Balm Boyette Rd. Riverview, FL 33578 689-7604 
  • Sandra Sprang, 12406 Tocci Lane Riverview, FL 33579 677-0709 
  • Rudy Rattman, 6509 Reed Dr. Riverview, FL 33578, 677-1750

Our most recent shut-in is Jetty Miller. Jetty is currently at the Palm Garden rehab facility in Sun City Center, but her family is hoping to move her soon to the Aston Gardens assisted living facility in Sun City Center. The office should have address and phone contact information for Jetty soon.

From Our Pastor
I have spoken to our District Superintendent, and I have sent my official letter of retirement to Bishop Carter. It has really hit me hard, because now my June retirement feels “official”.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to what God has for us as a church family in the days ahead. We really must pull together and honor our awesome Lord by remaining faithful and obedient to Him as we strive to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”

I want to finish well, and I will need all your prayers and support. I will continue to uphold each of you in my prayers! God’s many blessings to each of you.

Continued on NEWS Page
Pastors Message
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the January, 2018
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Download the Prayer Tree for 
January 14 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Rejoice and Don’t Worry

Delight yourselves in God, yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord.

Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus

Philippians 4:4-7 (Phillips)